Oregon State was defeated by an undefeated Washington Huskies team 41-17 at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The Beavs trailed at halftime 31-0 and looked overmatched by the talented Huskies. Here are things we learned after the Beavers 24 point loss.
Washington Is An Elite Team
Although, the Beavs wished they had a better performance vs the Huskies, they shouldn’t be too down on themselves after losing by 24 points. Washington is a great team. They are strong in all phases of the game. Head Coach Chris Peterson is doing a great job with this elite talented roster. Most of the Husky starters are capable of playing on Sundays. Flat out, the Huskies were just simply better than the Beavers at all positions. Not only do the Huskies look like the current favorites to win the PAC 12, they look like National Championship contenders as well.
The Running Back Position is in Great Hands
Beaver fans were on edge not having Ryan Nall or Artavis Pierce. Senior RB Tim Cook filled the void with a great performance against one of the best defenses in the nation. He rushed for 108 yds. on 18 carries including 1 td. Cook established himself as a solid runner who will help the Beavers down the stretch. Cook, with his size and speed, hit the hole hard against the Huskies. The Beaver Running Game has evolved into the team’s strength on offense. A huge part of the success has been improved play by the Offensive Line. Look for Tim Cook to get more looks at Running Back as the season progresses.
McMaryion Will Grow from Saturday’s Performance
Marcus McMaryion completed his first start of the season and his numbers looked pedestrian. He was 12 of 26 with 148 yds. and 2 interceptions. When the team had to burn all three timeouts in the first quarter to avoid delay of game penalties, it demonstrated a lack of organization on offense, which is common with a new starting quarterback. It is very difficult to judge Marcus based on his performance vs Washington. He was going up against one of the top Defenses in the nation. His 2nd interception was an amazing play by Husky Austin Joyner. In addition, the Beavs had several dropped passes that would have aided Marcus tremendously.
Marcus had some great downfield throws to Victor Bolden. Also, he was able to complete a nice 35 yd. pass to Jordan Villamin down the sideline (Welcome back Jordan Villamin!) on a 4th and 15. At times, McMaryion displayed flashes of great play that can give Beaver Nation hope down the stretch.
There is No Quit in This Team
PAC 12 Color Commentator Yogi Roth admired the heart, and the refusal to quit attitude of the Oregon State players during the second half of the game. It is easy for a team to quit when they’re over-matched and outscored by a wide margin. The Beavers never stopped playing hard. Coach Andersen deserves credit for his influence on the players. Teams with heart can build a fan-base. The Beavers no quit attitude is essential for the growth of the program. The Beavers sit at 2-5 with 5 games left in the season. It is likely they will be double digit underdogs this week when they host Washington State, and they will likely be underdogs in upcoming road games against Stanford and UCLA. From what we learned about this Oregon State team, they will not throw in the towel, which will make the rest of the season interesting to watch.